Members of National Association of Political science students (NAPSS) from Federal University, Oye Ekiti are evolving beyond the walls of their classrooms with their recent effort of expanding the scope of their knowledge beyond theories. This was the mission when the students took a huge leadership responsibility by paying a learning visit to Yiaga Africa’s office in Abuja. The students who are largely final year students from the University were able to update their knowledge and experience the practicalities in the area of democracy, governance and development.

Led by the President of the Association on Tuesday 28th January 2020, the students were given a tour of the facilities and departments within the premises of the Yiaga Africa office and they had the opportunity to learn about the activities of the election programs, youth programs and legislative engagement. The students were exposed to various aspect of democracy and governance learning firsthand issues around political inclusion, credible elections and legislative engagement. Similarly, the students learnt how they can build a sustainable campaign and movement to inspire the desirable change.

The elections department lead by Paul James was on hand to receive the students and he had a frank conversation with the on the impacts of citizens participation via election observation and political education on the integrity quotient of all the elections conducted since the return to democratic rule in 1999.  The students responded by making intelligent contributions especially in their understanding of the perennial issues that have crippled our elections.

He encouraged them to participate in the electoral process saying, election is all about inclusion and accountability. He said this, while also exposing the students to the various roles they can play in evolving the electoral process saying students can become champions of electoral reform by mobilizing fellow students.

Similarly, Director Yiaga Africa Center for legislative engagement, Dr Ernest Ereke congratulated the students on the effort saying he  considers their visit a worthy one as it provided an opportunity to further explain the various activities of the organization especially the numerous engagements in the year 2020, where some of them will be required to play some roles either as interns, enumerators, etc. He said “it further gave us an opportunity to expand the community of change makers as the students indicated interest in either elections related activities, legislative engagement, political mobilizing, etc. Moreso, we had the opportunity of equally donating various knowledge products to the students and their departmental library.”